Thursday, July 11, 2019
So, my regular readers know that I had a student last year that worked at the Louisville Salt Cave. It came up often in class and I had lots of questions for her and as a class we made lots of jokes and were just silly about it. I was shocked when during our “senior walk” she generously gifted me a gift card to try it out.
Does your city have a salt cave? I learned that this is called “halotherapy” and in order to make this they had to ship in tons of himalayan pink salt and also they pipe in more salt in the air while you are inside the cave. The employee explained it was like the sea salt air at the beach.
Benefits/Why people go to a salt cave:
-benefits the immune system
-helps with life balance and energy
-helps with respiratory issues
-helps with asthma
-helps with allergies
-helps with sinusitis, congestion, ear infections, skin disorders, eczema, psoriasis, acne, Cystic Fibrosis, depression, anxiety, and sleep disorders
Our salt cave is located in a very unassuming place – a strip mall
They sell salt merchandise and essential oils in the store. I thought these shot glasses were cool but I didn’t ask how long the last and if they are reusable.
6 people can fit at a time and you can also do a private booking for your group. This is while the door was still open and it was bright to take a photo. When the door is shut it is super dark except for twinkle lights on the ceiling and some glowing salt crystals on the walls. You sit in my favorite type of lounge chair – the anti-gravity chair. I have one on my patio.
Salt cave selfie
My session was for 45 minutes. Now. let me tell you a bit about myself. I’m pretty type A and pride myself in getting stuff done and I get bored easily. I was worried going in that I wouldn’t be able to last 45 minutes and I told the employee I might need to exit early! Lol! Well, I did last 45 minutes but I looked at the time on my phone maybe 4 times.
So, it was really too long for me and I would’ve been fine with just 30 minutes. I loved the feel of the nice cool air, and the air really did feel clean and fresh. They do give you a blanket but the other 3 ladies in there with me brought their own blanket. I was a newbie and didn’t know. You also have to wear socks in the cave which I didn’t know so I had to use the ones they provided. Also, there was no music. If I had known I could’ve brought my earphones and done my own music. I didn’t fall asleep. I thought that would kind of be a waste. I did use the time to calm my thoughts but my thoughts were already pretty calm because it’s summer! I have heard you can do massage add ons and I can see that being perfect – a foot or hand massage or something like that. Maybe throw in some essential oils?
They did tell you to drink lots of water the rest of the day because your toxins would be released. I don’t know if I felt different afterwards but I did notice I didn’t have much energy or motivation to accomplish much after my 11:00 am session. Maybe I should have done an afternoon session when I was done being productive for the day? Maybe the cave did really release my toxins and my toxins made me tired! T-shirt slogan – “my toxins make me tired”?
So, there is my honest opinion on my salt cave experience. Am I glad I went? Yes! Would I go again? Maybe with a shorter session, a massage involved, music involved, etc.
Have you been to a salt cave? Would you go?
Just one more deep thought – it makes me sad that humans run so ragged that we have to have things like this – recreating nature in a strip mall? Maybe that isn’t the way to look at it, but I can’t help but think about things like that.
Thanks for reading if you made it this far!